Language of Composition Reading - Writing - Rhetoric

ISBN-10: 031245094X

ISBN-13: 9780312450946

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The Language of Composition is the first college-level textbook created specifically for the AP* English Language course. Inside, students will find everything they need to learn college-level reading, writing, and analysis skills: concise introductory chapters on rhetoric, close reading, and synthesizing sources; a rich collection of thematically arranged readings that includes essays, speeches, letters, newspaper columns, as well as fiction, poetry, and visual texts; carefully crafted assignments that reinforce the skills taught in the introductory chapters; and much more. The Language of Composition - designed to help students succeed in the AP English Language course and embark on a successful college career. Book jacket.
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List price: $74.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 5/14/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1088
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

Rhetorical Contents
An Introduction to Rhetoric: Using the "Available Means"
Key Elements of Rhetoric
The Rhetorical Triangle
Appeals to Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in Practice
Visual Rhetoric
An Example of Rhetoric from Literature
The Classical Model
Patterns of Develoment
When Rhetoric Misses the Mark
Close Reading: The Art and Craft of Analysis
Analyzing Style
Talking with the Text
Dialectical Journal
Graphic Organizer
Analyzing a Visual Text
From Analysis to Essay: Writing about Close Reading
Glossary of Selected Tropes and Schemes
Synthesizing Sources: Entering the Conversation
Types of Support
Writers at Work
The Relationship of Sources to Audience
The Synthesis Essay
Conversation: Focus on Community Service
Identifying the Issues: Recognizing Complexity
Formulating Your Position
Incorporating Sources: Inform Rather than Overwhelm
Education: To what extent do our schools serve the goals of a true education?
Central Essay
I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read
Classic Essay
From Education
Superman and Me
Best in Class
A Talk to Teachers
Kyoko Mori on Writing
The History Teacher (poetry)
Eleven (fiction)
Visual Text
National Endowment for the Arts, From Reading at Risk (tables)
Conversation: Focus on the American High School
from Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education
Let Teenagers Try Adulthood
From The Liberal Arts in an Age of Info-Glut
A Model for High Schools
U.S. Students Fare Badly in International Survey of Math Skills (with table)
Spirit of Education (painting)
Student Writing: Argument: Using Personal Experience as Evidence
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Appositives
Suggestions for Writing: Education
Work: How does our work shape or influence our lives?
Central Essay
From Serving in Florida
Barbara Ehrenreich on Writing
Classic Essay
The Atlanta Exposition Address
The Surgeon as Priest
The Traveling Bra Salesman's Lesson
From Labour
From The Writing Life
In Praise of a Snail's Pace
I Stand Here Ironing (fiction)
Harvest Song (poetry)
Visual Text
We Can Do It! (poster)
Visual Text
The Great GAPsby Society (cartoon)
Conversation: Focus on Working Parents
More Working Parents Play "Beat the Clock"
Why Women Have to Work
The Case for Staying Home
Sick Parents Go to Work, Stay Home When Kids Are Ill
My Mother, Myself, Her Career, My Questions
Don't Call Me Mr. Mom
Student Writing: Close Reading: Analyzing Style in Paired Passages
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Short Simple Sentences and Fragments
Suggestions for Writing: Work
Community: What is the relationship of the individual to the community?
Central Essay
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Classic Essay
Where I Lived, and What I Lived for
All Happy Clans Are Alike: In Search of the Good Family
The New Community
Commencement Speech at Mount Holyoke College
Walking the Path between Worlds
New York Day Women (fiction)
Edwidge Danticat on Writing
Child of the Americas (poetry)
Visual Text
Reflections (painting)
Visual Text
Three Servicemen (sculpture)
Conversation: Focus on the Individual's Responsibility to the Community
The Happy Life
The Singer Solution to World Poverty
Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor
In Westminster Abbey (poetry)
Student Writing: Synthesis: Incorporating Sources into a Revision
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Parallel Structures
Suggestions for Writing: Community
Gender: What is the impact of the gender roles that society creates and enforces?
Central Essay
Women's Brains
Classic Essay
Professions for Women
About Men
The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria
Judith Ortiz Cofer on Writing
Being a Man
AIDS Has a Woman's Face
There Is No Unmarked Woman
Sweat (fiction)
Barbie Doll (poetry)
Visual Text
Cathy (cartoon)
Visual Text
New and Newer Versions of Scripture (table)
Conversation: Focus on Defining Masculinity
Why Johnny Won't Read
Mind over Muscle
Putting Down the Gun
Boy Problems (with table)
Student Writing: Argument: Supporting an Assertion
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Pronouns
Suggestions for Writing: Gender
Sports and Fitness: How do the values of sports affect the way we see ourselves?
Central Essay
The Silent Season of a Hero
Classic Essay
The Proper Place for Sports
Kill 'Em, Crush 'Em, Eat 'Em Raw!
From How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle
A Spectator's Notebook
The Real New York Giants
For Fasting and Football, a Dedicated Game Plan
Samuel G. Freedman on Writing
Ex-Basketball Player (poetry)
Prothalamion (poetry)
Visual Text
Untitled (cartoon)
Conversation: Focus on Body Image
A Unique Take on Beauty
Little Sister, Big Hit (cover)
Drugs, Sports, Body Image and G.I. Joe
Disordered Eating and Body Image Disturbances May Be Underreported in Male Athletes
Enhancing Male Body Image
Student Writing: Rhetorical Analysis: Comparing Strategies in Paired Passages
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Precise, Direct, and Active Verbs
Suggestions for Writing: Sports and Fitness
Language: How does the language we use reveal who we are?
Central Essay
Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
Classic Essay
Politics and the English Language
Mother Tongue
From Decolonising the Mind
Always Living in Spanish
Studying Islam, Strengthening the Nation
Bilingualism in America: English Should Be the Official Language
From Monkey Bridge (fiction)
From Native Speaker (fiction)
For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15 and Why I Could Not Accept Your Invitation (poetry)
Naomi Shihab Nye on Writing
Visual Text
Rumors, Lies, Innuendo (cartoon)
Visual Text
Census Data on Language Use in the United States (table)
Conversation: Focus on Current Language Usage
How Much Wallop Can a Simple Word Pack?
The War of Words: A Dispatch from the Front Lines
Letters to the Editor in response to The War of Words
Pride to One Is Prejudice to Another
Help Us Overthrow the Tall/Short Mafia
Student Writing: Reflection: Reflecting on "Different Englishes"
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Concise Diction
Suggestions for Writing: Language
Science and Technology: How are advances in science and technology affecting the way we define our humanity?
Central Essay
The Bird and the Machine
Classic Essay
The Method of Scientific Investigation
The Reach of Imagination
The Future of Happiness
The Blank Slate
Steven Pinker on Writing
Silence and the Notion of the Commons
Into the Electronic Millennium
Transsexual Frogs
Sonnet - to Science (poetry)
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (poetry)
Super- Toys Last All Summer Long (fiction)
Visual Text
The Cosmic Calendar
Visual Text
Food Fight (cartoon)
Conversation: Focus on the Ethics of Genetics Technology
On Cloning a Human Being
Fearing the Worst Should Anyone Produce a Cloned Baby
DNA as Destiny
Pet Clones Spur Call for Limits
More Couples Screening Embryos for Gender
Student Writing: Counterargument: Responding to a Newspaper Column
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Coordination in the Compound Sentence
Suggestions for Writing: Science and Technology
Popular Culture: To what extent does pop culture reflect our society's values?
Central Essay
High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies
Classic Essay
Corn-Pone Opinions
Godzilla vs. the Giant Scissors: Cutting the Antiwar Heart Out of a Classic
Brent Staples on Writing
We Talk, You Listen
Dreaming America
Show and Tell (graphic essay)
Popular Culture in the Aftermath of September 11 is a Chorus without a Hook, A Movie without an Ending
Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven (poetry)
Sanctuary: For Harry Potter the Movie
Visual Text
The Innocent Eye Test (painting)
Conversation: Focus on Television
Watching TV Makes You Smarter
The Argument against TV
He Doesn't Like to Watch
TV Turnoff Week (detail from a poster)
Is Media Violence Free Speech? (debate)
Student Writing: Visual Rhetoric: Interpreting a Painting
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Modifiers
Suggestions for Writing: Popular Culture
Nature: What is our responsibility to nature?
Central Essay
From Silent Spring
Classic Essay
From Nature
The Clan of One-Breasted Women
Message to President Franklin Pierce
An Entrance to the Woods
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Speech
Against Nature
A White Heron (fiction)
The Tables Turned (poetry)
Visual Text
Cloud the Issue or Clear the Air? (advertisement)
Visual Text
Kindred Spirits (painting)
Conversation: Focus on Climate Change
It's Easy Being Green
From Counting Carbons (with table)
From The Future of Life
Ice Blankets (photograph with caption)
Is Climate Change the 21st Century's Most Urgent Environmental Problem?
GeoSigns: The Big Thaw
Daniel Glick on Writing
Student Writing: Visual Rhetoric: Analyzing a Political Cartoon
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Cumulative, Periodic, and Inverted Sentences
Suggestions for Writing: Nature
Politics: What is the nature of the relationship between the citizen and the state?
Central Essay
On Seeing England for the First Time
Classic Essay
A Modest Proposal
From The Destruction of Culture
Chris Hedges on Writing
National Prejudices
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Every Dictator's Nightmare
On the Rainy River (fiction)
Conversation with an American Writer (poetry)
Visual Text
Guernica (painting)
Visual Text
March 17, 2003 (cover)
Visual Text
April 2003 (cover)
Conversation: Focus on the Politics of Imperialism
Shooting an Elephant
The Empire Fights Back
In Which the Ancient History I Learn Is Not My Own (poetry)
Christiansted: Official Map and Guide
What Part of You Lives in Bombay? (advertisement)
Student Writing: Argument: Responding to a Quotation
Grammar as Rhetoric and Style: Subordination in the Complex Sentence
Suggestions for Writing: Politics
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